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Camera Thrills of the War


Published 1940s circa


07:01:06:29 Still of World War II US soldier wearing helmet with bayonet resting on shoulder beside text “Camera Thrills of the War!”; intertitle “Tearing Up Jap Air Power!” VS US battleships shooting down Japanese aircraft, Japanese planes explode in midair and crash into the Pacific Ocean; Japanese planes on fire nose diving into the ocean.

07:02:35:20 Intertitle “Heroes From the Sky!”; VS US paratroopers loading into airplane, seated in plane waiting for take-off; glider troops in large airplane-like gliders towed by aircraft into the air; great shots paratroops jumping out of planes parachuting to the ground; great VS army gliders landing in sand, water, dirt.

07:03:18:28 Great shot of line of paratroopers standing up from bench inside airplane cabin and attaching their karabiner’s to a cord along roof of cabin; paratroopers jump out plane; great shot from air of paratroopers parachuting out of planes.

07:03:59:14 VS frontline WWII battle footage of US soldiers fighting in south Pacific jungle against Japanese army; stretcher bearers carrying stretchers carrying injured and casualties away from frontline.

07:04:28:02 US army soldier throwing hand grenades in jungle; grenade explodes.

07:04:52:07 CU US soldier throws grenade at grass hut, camera violently shakes with explosion.

07:04:58:15 US army soldier crouched behind tank on phone connected to back of tank.

07:05:06:15 Army soldier crouched on one knee talks on phone receiver of wireless radio strapped to his back with large antennae.

07:05:08:10 CU barrel of army tank gun fires; CU target destroyed; young Japanese man dead on jungle floor.

07:05:12:22 VS US army soldier fires flame thrower, spraying fire all over jungle.

07:05:42:11 Dozens of dead Japanese soldiers covering bank of stream; audio track “The battle’s aftermath, covering the ground like autumn leaves in a forest swept by the storm.”

07:05:54:18 Great shot from deck of submarine, men on deck in underwear firing large gun; VS battle at sea of Nazi German U-boats and submarines.

07:06:12:18 MS US soldier on American destroyer boat signals in Morse Code with large lamp.

07:07:23:16 Great VS small American fighter planes flying in formation; POV shot from fighter planes firing on train; bombers dropping bombs.

07:07:42:25 Great shot from insider bomber plane looks down through bomb doors as bombs are dropped into the clouds.

07:07:53:26 Fighter plane begins dive bomb through clouds; VS POV shot fighter plane firing on Nazi planes on ground.

07:08:27:25 CU firing machine guns on side of fighter plane in air; airplane is hit in air and explode, VS planes explode in air.

07:08:43:09 CU firing machine guns on side of fighter plane in air; huge explosion of plane.

07:08:59:04 Great footage from above plane firing two missiles at a time on train tracks cutting through countryside; explosions below.

07:09:08:26 Disabled US bomber plane makes crash landing.

07:09:22:01 Two dive bomber collide, huge fiery explosion, plane wings and other parts land in forest; scene shown again of planes colliding in air.

07:10:06:11 Great shot from beneath bomber plane in midair with bomb doors open, bomb shells visible inside plane; CU soldier in bomber plane flips switches; shot from inside plane looks down through bomb doors as bombs are dropped.


Producer Castle Films
Production Company Castle Films
Audio/Visual sound, color

Credits

Edited by Eugene W. Castle

Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - November 20, 2012
Subject: As John Lennon once said, "War is Thrilling!"
Narrator works overtime as he describes all the (pretty good actually) shots of war in this Castle shot. We see all sorts of enemy aircraft go down (and some US ones) and there's some icky casualty shots on the ground too. What sets this one apart is the overuse of the word "thrilling". Everything, from the plane flights to the fights on the ground are indeed this. Kinda funny, but just a bit mystifying.
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